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Are you seeking distance education? In India, it is not only NIOS for young learners and IGNOU for advanced degrees. Today, multiple universities, both national and international, offer online education in correspondence mode or blended modes (the increasing use of streamed audio & video).

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This article will be all about the colleges and courses in the distance education space in India. It is almost impossible to cover all aspects of it at a single go but we promise to try.

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Finally, what is true for all distance education courses is that all of them are “self-paced” and you may feel disconnected at times and that would drag all interest out of you at any point in time. It takes firmness to complete a course within a stipulated time although you may not have constant motivation since you don’t get to meet people physically.

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Distance Education, In Brief.

Distance education is a method of education. Learners can study in their own time, at the place of their choice and without face-to-face contact with a teacher. Technology is a critical element here.

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However, distance education programs may not be open (some prior qualifications to study may be there, so some of you may be denied access).

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Sometimes for undergraduate distance education, at least half the program may need to be done ‘in residence’, that is, by taking face-to-face classes on campus.

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It is now well recognized that open learning is the most viable option to make education accessible to all students in India. However, institutions operating in this mode must aim to offer quality education if it is to compete and collaborate with the traditional system.

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Let us first read the following Gantt.

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The Distance Education Universe in India 1

Types & Definitions

Online learning

  • Primary delivery mechanism is via the internet.
  • Most of the study time is spent online

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Blended learning

  • Online and face-to-face teaching are combined
  • Some work done online either inside or outside of class time
  • Abandoning one or more classroom sessions in a week, to allow more time for studying online (‘hybrid’ courses)
  • Lab / practical work on campus at weekends or evenings, with the rest being done online

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Flipped classroom

  • Lectures are pre-recorded which are studied online and out of class
  • Classroom time is used for discussion or activities related to recorded lectures.

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Emergency Remote Teaching 

  • Temporary shift due to crisis circumstances
  • Involves the use of fully remote teaching solutions that would otherwise be delivered face-to-face / as blended / hybrid

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MOOCs

Massive, open, online courses.

  • No fee or a low cost fee (substantially lower than a regular university tuition fee)
  • The courses are open to anyone
  • There is no requirement for prior academic qualifications

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“Open, distance, flexible and online learning are rarely found in their ‘purest’ forms. No teaching system is completely open There are degrees of open-ness, ‘distance’, ‘flexibility’, and ‘virtuality.’”

Dr. Tony Bates, Research Associate (Contact North | Contact Nord, Canada)

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Distance Education Colleges in India

The Distance Education Universe in India 2

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Distance Education Courses in India

This obviously depends on whether you want to study arts, science or commerce. There are:

  • UG courses
  • Post graduate courses
  • Certification courses
  • PG Diploma courses and
  • Diploma courses
The Distance Education Universe in India 3

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Final Thoughts

The benefits of distance learning certainly outweigh the challenges. Multiple open learning institutes have earned the faith of several big blue-chip companies by creating employable graduates.

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